Trancas International and Front Row Filmed Entertainment have announced that the 4K restoration of Moustapha Akkad’s seminal masterpiece ‘The Message’ will have a special event release for the Eid al-Fitr holiday starting on June 14, 2018. The epic historical drama is hailed as a classic and is guaranteed to stun audiences in its newly restored 4K version.
The Oscar nominated film from visionary producer/director Moustapha Akkad chronicles the life and times of Prophet Muhammad and serves as an introduction to early Islamic history. Widely praised for enriching Arab and international cinema, Akkad’s ‘The Message’ has been translated into dozens of languages and captivated audiences around the world and found acclaim with critics and viewers alike.
Director Moustapha Akkad took the very ambitious decision to shoot the film simultaneously both in English and Arabic with two different casts to appeal to both audiences. Both versions have been meticulously restored and now for the first time can be watched in English or Arabic when they are released theatrically in the MENA region during Eid-Al-Fitr 2018, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The English version, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score, starred two-time Oscar winning actor Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas and Damien Thomas, as the central characters.
The Arabic version features some of the biggest names in Arabic cinema including the late acclaimed Egyptian actor Abdallah Gheith and the legendary Syrian stage, television and film actress Mouna Wasef.
Shot over the course of a year between 1974-75, the restoration was a fundamental move to ensure its survival for younger and future generations to appreciate one of the greatest Arab films ever made and also for audiences around the world to enjoy.
This is an opportunity for audiences to reappraise, or discover for the first time, a film that is culturally and historically significant today. The 4K digital restoration techniques have transformed the film to look even better than it ever did guaranteeing audiences of all ages a must-attend viewing experience.
TRANCAS’ Malek Akkad added: “I am thrilled to pay tribute to my late father’s film with this definitive digital restoration release showcasing ‘The Message’ in all its pristine big screen glory. I would like to thank the team at FRONT ROW for their support and working with us to bring the film back into the spotlight again. It is now more important than ever to share our cultural patrimonies and present a true image and understanding of Islam and Arabs that acknowledges the unity and diversity in humanity. I hope audiences will join us to celebrate my father’s masterpiece experiencing it again or for the first time – but now in stunning 4K.”
Gianluca Chakra, Head of FRONT ROW FILMED ENTERTAINMENT commented: “Front Row in collaboration with TRANCAS are proud to present the masterfully restored classic ‘The Message’ in both Arabic and English, an undisputed cinematic landmark to audiences this Eid. Profound and brilliantly acted, the film remains an entertaining, exquisite and compelling experience, as moving and relevant as it was on the day of its original release.”
‘The Message’ will be screened in both Arabic and English across the UAE on Eid al-Fitr weekend from June 14 – 16, 2018.